Missing for three weeks
The family of a Tokoroa woman who has been missing for more than three weeks say it is unusual for her to be out of contact for so long.
Police are searching for Shelley Crooks, 36, who was last seen in Punakaiki on the West Coast on December 22, 2016.
Crooks, a mother of four, had told a friend she was hitchhiking to Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty, where she is originally from, police said.
Speaking from Opotiki, Shelley Crooks’ father John Crooks said his daughter enjoyed tramping and hunting and was capable of living without electricity.
‘‘We’ve always been outdoor people ourselves, hunting, fishing, Shelley is a competent food gatherer, diver and she has lived without power as well so she does have that skill level.
‘‘She could very well still be in the bush but we just don’t know.’’
He was concerned she had not used her bank account or phone for three weeks.
It was unusual for her to be completely out of touch John Crooks said.
‘‘All my children are on social media and using all their accounts, trying to do what we can to locate her and we’re hoping she is well and on a tramp or a trek.’’
Anyone with information should contact Sergeant Michel Bloom on 03 768 1600 or email email@example.com.
Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Shelley Crooks, who has been missing since December 22.